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Obama pledges security cooperation after Tunisia attack

March 19, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is pledging close counterterrorism cooperation with Tunisia in the wake of an attack that killed 21 people at a museum in Tunis.

Obama spoke by phone on Thursday with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi. The White House says Obama offered his condolences, sympathy and support. Obama also commended Tunisians for their response and called Tunisia’s democracy a “powerful example” for the region.

The White House says Obama offered to keep providing assistance to Tunisia as the investigation proceeds.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack at the National Bardo Museum. The U.S. and coalition partners are fighting IS extremists in Iraq and Syria, and the White House has been concerned about the extremist group’s spread to other parts of the region.

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